Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment in Streamwood and Hoffman Estates, IL

The Importance of Cleanings & Gum Disease Treatment

While you may not initially think so, your general health and your oral health are actually pretty closely linked. Uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health issues may lead to gum (periodontal) disease, while certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking or drinking heavily, may also adversely affect your gums and overall health.

To ward off gum disease and other serious oral issues, it’s highly recommended that you pay your dentist at Streamwood Family Dentistry a visit for a thorough cleaning and exam at least twice a year. If you already have gum disease, we may recommend that you visit our dentist every 3-4 months until you’re able to get the disease under better control. We’d also be happy to educate you about periodontal therapy and other gum disease treatments for your consideration.

Warning Signs That You Could Have Severe Gum Disease

It’s been estimated that about 47.2% of American adults have a form of gum disease, though many of those 64.7 million adults who have it aren’t even aware that they have it. Gum disease is a progressive disease, meaning it gradually causes other complications over time. If left untreated, it usually leads to bone and tooth loss. In fact, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss. However, if treated and diagnosed early enough, it can be prevented altogether. Symptoms of gum disease usually include:

  • Red, swollen, or puffy gums
  • Tenderness
  • Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Painful chewing
  • Loose or sensitive teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Longer-looking teeth

Time for Your Next Cleaning and Exam in Streamwood?

If you’ve noticed any or all of the aforementioned symptoms, perhaps it’s time you called Streamwood Family Dentistry to schedule your next appointment for a professional cleaning and dental exam in Streamwood, Illinois. We’d be more than happy to help you establish a better dental hygiene regimen to keep your teeth and gums healthy long after you’ve left our dental office. Gum disease is generally caused by a build-up of plaque and calculus on your teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene and eating a well-balanced, healthy diet are two key things you should do in-between your dental appointments.